How big of a role did Sarah Palin's endorsements ultimately play in last night's GOP victories?
Well, that all depends on how much you like the ex-vice presidential candidate.
Mama Grizzly's supporters will no doubt focus on the positive: the fact that the "Palin Effect" (so far) has brought about 27 victories, including Rand Paul in the Kentucky Senate race and Nikki Haley in South Carolina's gubernatorial race. Especially considering the fact that the Tea Party Movement -- at least the modern version -- is only one-and-a-half years old, those are some pretty remarkable numbers.
But Palin's opponents, however, look at her endorsement numbers a little bit differently ...
Twenty-seven victories are impressive, yes. But it's a little less impressive when you consider that Palin has actually endorsed 60 candidates this year total. In other words, less than half of her picks came out on top yesterday. If you're a numbers person, you'd have to admit: That's not exactly the best track record in the world.
Moreover, some of the candidates whom she endorsed yet were ultimately defeated were in the most-talked about races of the year -- Christine O'Donnell in the Delaware Senate race and Sharron Angle in the Nevada Senate race. That's certainly not the best case scenario for the politician who's (allegedly) hoping to get on the Republican Presidential ticket in 2012.
That's not to say Sarah Palin shouldn't claim victory in yesterday's election -- but maybe for herself more than for the GOP conservatives. As this quote emphasizes, she was most successful in getting her name out there:
In other words, she seems to be better at helping herself than at helping the Republican party overall.
Either way you look at it, this mid-term election didn't exactly solidify or unseat Palin as a candidate for president in 2012. Or did it?
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